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Utställningen Everyday Discoveries under Helsinki World Design Capital 2012

Tjeckiska centret organiserar Tjeckiens deltagande under designhuvudtadsåret 2012 med utställningen Everyday Discoveries. Utställningen tar avstamp i Tjeckiens historia inom design och det faktum att Tjeckien förmodligen har flest formgivare per m2!

I utställningen finns flera designklassiker, både exklusiva föremål som tex ”The Janak crystalline box” som förmodligen bara finns i ett exemplar och är ett tydligt exempel på ett kubistiskt designföremål. Ett mer vardagligt föremål som finns med i utställningen är den grafitstiftpenna som designades 1945.

De designers som är med i utställningen är Pavel Janak, Jaroslav Juřica, Anna Marešová, Petr Hůza, Jana Tichá, Petra Valentová och designgruppen Living Things.

 

Lenka Žižková som är kurator för utställningen skriver:

"The Czech Republic has as much as 17 universities and more than 50 high schools and colleges with design as an object of study! Given the fact that the population of the Czech Republic is approximately 10 million, this makes for probably the highest designer/square kilometre ratio whatsoever. 

The history of Czech design goes back to the 19th century, a time when Czech countries, Moravia and Silesia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (the same as Finland used to be part of the Kingdom of Sweden and later the imperial Russia). Important world-known architects were born on the Czech territory: as representatives of Gesamtkunstwerk they were also designers. Among them for example Josef Hoffmann (founder of the Vienna Art Nouveau) and Josef Maria Olbrich (founder of the Art Nouveau artistic colony in Darmstadt). Also, important Austrian companies were operating on the Czech territory, among them for example Thonet Gebrüder. Likewise, the history of many contemporary world-leading companies goes back to the Czech lands, among them Swarovski or the car company Porsche. Czech cubism was a movement of major international influence, one to encompass architecture and design. Following the collapse of the world powers in 1918, the independent Czech Republic was founded and became a country with great ambitions in developing modernist and functionalist architecture and design. The shoe company Baťa was expanding boisterously, exporting to all around the world. Similarly successful were companies producing glass, china, furniture, textile, garments, jewellery, cars, motorcycles, locomotives..."

 

 

Plats:
Suvilahti, Helsinki
Datum

Från 6 sep 2012
Till 16 sep 2012